Contest 2019

Maine Romance Writers’ 2019


The 2019 Maine Romance Writers’ STRUT YOUR STUFF CONTEST is NOW OPEN!
And we’re excited to announce this year’s contest is open to published and unpublished authors!


Authors whose published books become finalists will be entered in our online
Readers’ Choice Awards and have a chance to get their book in front of potential readers.

We are pleased to announce that acquiring editor, DEB WERKSMAN of SOURCEBOOKS will be this year’s final round judge for unpublished entries.


Books with an original copyright date of 2018 may be entered in any of the four categories below.

Any author may enter a blurb in the unpublished portion of the contest as long as the book being entered has never been published in any format and is not or will not be under contract, up for pre-order or set to be published before May 20, 2019.


Authors may enter multiple books with separate entry form and fee for each title
Entries will be accepted until midnight EST FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019
No membership requirements

Entry Fees:
* $15 for Published Books (Blurb & Cover)
* $10 for Unpublished books (Blurb Only)

* Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
* Contemporary Romance (Encompasses Suspense and Spiritual in this time period)
* Historical Romance (Encompasses Suspense and Spiritual in this time period)
* YA/NA with Romance Elements

* First Round Judging will be done by MRW members
* Finalists are the three top scoring entries in each category
* Finalists for the UNPUBLISHED entries will have their blurb and a sample of first chapter (up to 1,000 words—which will NOT be judged) sent to acquiring editor, Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks
* Finalists for the PUBLISHED entries will be entered in the online READER’S CHOICE portion of our contest.
All finalists will be notified by email on or around April 10, 2019

Readers’ Choice (Published Only):
* All Finalists will have their blurb and cover posted on our website and voting will be open to the public
* Online contest runs April 10 – May 3, 2019

All winners will be announced at our 2019 MAINE ROMANCE WRITERS’ RETREAT in Portland, Maine, May 17-19, 2019. Awards will be presented Friday at the awards dinner. For those not attending the retreat, certificates will be mailed.

The GRAND PRIZE Winners for the Judges’ Choice, Readers’ Choice and Unpublished portions of the contest will each receive:
* $50 cash award
* Certificate and electronic badge to use on social media platforms
* Optional 1 year membership to MRW.

** All other finalists will receive certificates.

Click HERE for detailed contest rules

To enter the Published category, click HERE
To enter the Unpublished category, click HERE
Your entry will not be complete until you've filled out the entry form AND paid through Paypal.

Questions? Contact the contest coordinator at

MRW Contest